The Southern California Institute of Emotion Focused Therapy is recognized by the ISEFT                  
                                                        (International Society for Emotion Focused Therapy)
             
                                                                                                                                                                               

2017 The Southern California Institute of Emotion Focused Therapy

Testimonials from EFT training participants 

I have had the opportunity to participate in Emotion Focused Therapy trainings with both Dr. Les Greenberg and Dr. Robert Elliott and feel deep gratitude for their authenticity, generosity, humility, and knowledge.  We as practitioners of Emotion-Focused Therapy have the unique opportunity to stand on the shoulders of these giants and their wonderful colleagues. 

Emotion-Focused Therapy, working with couples and individuals, has given me an informed pathway to clients’ underlying pain and their unmet needs and has equipped me with interventions that support the client’s innate ability to find resolution.

It is encouraging and fulfilling to witness my clients’ transformations in the room and to see the relief they experience in resolving their emotional pain. What is equally important and fulfilling for me is how it has changed my life personally and opened me up to processing my own unresolved issues. 

 

Janice Maurer, LMFT

Northern California

December 2018

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In my 15 years of clinical practice, Emotion Focused Therapy is the best model I have found that reduces suffering and truly helps clients change.  When I teach it to students and they use it during their clinical training, they are always amazed at how much relief it brings clients.  By moving from talking about emotions to experiencing emotions, EFT can help heal the wounds of developmental trauma, relationship distress, depression, and anxiety.  I cannot recommend this model enough – working with it brings me a great deal of personal satisfaction and joy, and it continually reminds me of why I wanted to be a therapist in the first place.

 

Brennan Peterson, Ph.D.

Professor, Chapman University

Marriage and Family Therapy & Psychology

October 2018

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Working within the Emotion Focused Therapy model has brought immense healing for my clients. As a therapist who sees both individuals and couples, I have the tools to be able to follow their pain, bring out their resilience and help them to face and put aside their emotional blocks or patterns. The workshops and on going consultation I receive keep me informed and enlightened as to how to practice this model with confidence. Les Greenberg, PhD has been instrumental in helping me be a better practitioner. I've combined the skills I've honed from his teachings as well as those from Sue Johnson's Emotionally Focused model as well. Working within these models has brought me professional joy. And in a big way, it's why my calendar is always full of clients. It works!

 

Michele Hahn, JD, MFT

Santa Monica Couples Therapist

October 2018

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My story with EFT started from when I was a bachelor’s student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Tehran/Iran. I was often overwhelmed by the thought of helping a diverse range of people and find solutions for all the problems in the world.

However, everything changed for me when I read a quote about EFT: “We don’t need to focus on the content; we focus on the process. The process for most problems in individuals and couples is similar.” This quote changed the way I think about therapy. When I attended two EFT trainings in California, I found out that EFT is not just an approach to therapy, it’s a way of thinking about people. To not judge people because of their problems. However, focus on people’s emotions. Emotions are global. They are like energy – they won’t disappear, but they could change from one kind to another. In this way, you can help all kinds of people around the world based on the knowledge of emotions. With empathy, a therapist is well-equipped to address the needs of a diverse range of people around the world. I not only recommend EFT to my colleagues, but to all of my friends and family to help improve their lives by “living with your emotions.”

 

Hamed Fatahian-Tehran
PAU Grad student,

January 2019

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The trainings provided by Dr. Leslie Greenberg and Dr. Robert Elliott have been outstanding and truly inspiring professionally. I feel very grateful and privileged to have had the opportunity to witness their knowledge and empathy. With a solid theoretical framework and research base, Emotion Focused Therapy provides a roadmap to working with emotions and achieving change. The connection between therapist and client based on following and guiding creates a strong bond to dive deeply into people’s most intimate concerns. Clients have commented that the times we use an EFT approach have been the most helpful for them. I have also experienced that change occurs faster and at a deeper level than with other approaches. I particularly appreciate that it is experiential, process based, and that it communicates to clients that they have the resources to change, with the help of their therapists. 

 

Ana Ribas, PhD

Clinical Psychologist in Los Angeles

October, 2019

We need to live in mindful harmony

with our feelings, not attempt to

control them.

___  Les  Greenberg  ___

EFT Therapist Reference List

EFT Level A: Completion of Basic EFT Training​ (Level one & two)

Ladan H. Safvati, LMFT, ATR 

Level one, 2012, 2017, 2018, 2019

Level two, 2013, 2018

Yamonte Cooper, Ed.D., LPCC

Level one, 2018

Level two, 2018

Level three, 2018

Brannan Peterson, PhD, LMFT

Level one, 2017

Level two, 2018

Jessica Borelli, PhD

Level one, 2017

Level two, 2018

Janice Maurer, LMFT

Level one, 2018, 2019

Level two, 2018

Michael Pariser, PsyD

Level one, 2018

Level two, 2018

Lital Shavarts, PsyD

Level one, 2017

Level two, 2018

David Kyle Bond, PhD

Level one, 2017

Level two, 2018

Patricia Taylor, LMFT

Level one, 2017

Level two, 2018

Christopher Walling, PsyD

Level one, 2018

Level two, 2018

David Laramie, PhD

Level one, 2018

Level two, 2018

Tina Dahlenburg, LMFT

Level one, 2018

Level two, 2018

Stephani Kirschner, LMFT

Level one, 2018

Level two, 2018

Randy Gottlieb, LMFT

Level one, 2018

Level two, 2018

Jonathan Mueller, PsyD

Level one, 2018

Level two, 2018

Heidi Mattila, PhD

Level one, 2018

Level two, 2018

Nasrin Barkhordari, PsyD, LMFT

Level one, 2018

Level two, 2018

Alexandra Block, MA

Level one, 2018

Level two, 2018

Kathryn Purdy, LMFT 

Level one, 2018

Level two, 2018

Beth Bernholtz, PhD, PsyD

Level one, 2018

Level two, 2018

Deryl Goldenberg, PhD

Level one, 2017

Level two, 2018

Michelle Hann, LMFT

Level one, 2017

Level two, 2018

Gerin Gaskin, MA

Level one, 2018

Level two, 2018

Sherise Prince, PsyD

Level one, 2017

Level two, 2018

 

EFT Level A​ not completed,

Partial basic EFT Training

Ann Gilbert, LMFT, ATBC

Level one, 2017, 2018

Paul Howard, PsyD

Level one, 2017

Jennifer Codega, LMFT

Level one, 2017

Kathy Barnum, LPC

Level one, 2017

Armineh Gorgian, LMFT

Level one, 2017

Abeer Othman, LMFT

Level one, 2017

Mark Frankle, LMFT

Level one, 2017

Debi Frankle, LMFT

Level one, 2017

Bruce Chambers, LMFT

Level one, 2017

Debbie Cohen, LMFT, ATR

Level one, 2017

Brittany Mustin, LMFT

Level one, 2017

Gina Cantrell, LMFT

Level one, 2017

Michelle Colarusso, LMFT

Level one, 2017

Jodie Spanos, LMFT

Level one, 2017

Adam Brockman, LPC

Level one, 2017

Shellie Gravitt, LMFT

Level one, 2017

Debby Krahe, PsyD

Level two, 2018

Darin Bergen, PsyD

Level two, 2018

Bart Rubin, PhD

Level two, 2018

Terry Akhtarzad, LMFT

Level one, 2018

Diana Menendez, PsyD

Level one, 2018

Hamed Fatahian, MA student

Level one, 2018, 2019

Hedieh Azadmehr, PhD

Level one, 2018

Ginger Schwartz, PsyD

Level one, 2018

Liron Gabay Samara, LMFT

Level one, 2018

Alani Van, LCSW

Level one, 2018

Joel Freedman, LMHC

Level one, 2018

Ruth Kleast, LCSW

Level one, 2018

Tania Dow, LMFT

Level one, 2018

Cecily Krumholz, PsyD

Level one, 2018

Marilyn Talmage, LMFT

Level one, 2019

Cai Yitong, MA

Level one, 2019

Yang Yu, LMHC

Level one, 2019

Siyu Peng, LMHC

Level one, 2019

Jilla Behnad, LMFT

Level one, 2019

Namhee Lim, MBA

Level one, 2019

Teresa Gamez, MA student

Level one, 2019

Veiss Zandieh, LMFT, LPCC

Level one, 2019

Erjing Cui, LMHC

Level one, 2019

Yishan Xu, PhD

Level one, 2019

Ana Ribas, PhD

Level one, 2019

Stephanie Rosen, PsyD

Level one, 2019

Adrienne Kijak, LCSW, ATR

Level one, 2019

Sarah Johnson, PhD

Level one, 2019

Erin Van Voorhies, PsyD

Level one, 2019

Hila Madani, PsyD

Level one, 2019

Patricia Smiley, PhD

Level one, 2019

Ross Phillips, LMFT

Level one, 2019

Ellis Franklin, LCSW

Level one, 2019

Allison Rudnick, LMFT

Level one, 2019

Sandy Sayan-Pedram, LMFT

Level one, 2019

Ariana Penalba, LMFT

Level one, 2019

Laura Worthington, LMFT

Level one, 2019

Jennifer Cha, MFT student

Level one, 2019

Alexandra Anguiano, MFT student

Level one, 2019

Maxine de Luna, MFT student

Level one, 2019

Nicolette Pyne, MFT student

Level one, 2019

Anna Cancellieri, MFT student

Level one, 2019

Salma Shah, MFT student

Level one, 2019

Pam Dyer, MFT student

Level one, 2019

Gelisa Gonzaga, MFT student

Level one, 2019

Kelly Royere, MFT student

Level one, 2019

Millisa Morrow, MFT student

Level one, 2019

David Eshleman, LMFT

Level one, 2019

Kyong Yi, LCSW

Level one, 2019

Liora Pourati, LMFT

Level one, 2019

Florence Ahlzadeh, LCSW

Level one, 2019

Angela Bothwell, MFT student

Level one, 2019

Nicole Reilly, MFT Associate

Level one, 2019

David Perlman, PsyD

Level one, 2019

Sarah Taylor, LMFT

Level one, 2019

Natalie Pujo, PsyD

Level one, 2019

Victoria Shirazi, PsyD student

Level one, 2019

Mitra Zaeri, 

Level one, 2019